Approved ROW List


This individual is responsible for performing valuation services competently and in a manner that is independent, impartial, and objective.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Certification with Washington State Department of Licensing
  • 2 years' eminent domain appraisal experience.

  • Working knowledge and understanding of laws and regulations pertaining to real estate acquisitions for public works projects, including - Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 468-100, Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 8.26, and the Code of Federal Regulations 49 CFR Part 24 relating to acquisition and condemnation of real property and property rights.
  • Knowledge and intent of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended.
  • Working knowledge of the connectivity of all real estate disciplines -project management, title, appraisal, appraisal review, acquisition, relocation, relocation review, and property management.
  • Ability to read and understand ROW plans and legal descriptions.
  • Ability to communicate, in a professional manner, with property owners, their representatives, other real estate professionals, and/or members of other professions involved in the delivery of government projects.
  • Ability to recognize when pertinent facts are incorrect, missing, or require supplementation or verification.
  • Ability to utilize internet and local data centers, such as county clerk offices, to research basic property ownership information.
  • Ability to organize and maintain records/files/research data.
  • Ability to operate office equipment and motor vehicles.
  • Ability to perform complex word processing, data entry, prepare spreadsheets, and operate various computer software.
  • Ability to understand instructions, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze and assess risk regarding complex issues.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to follow directions and assignments given by senior staff members.
  • Skilled at problem solving.
  • Ability to sit or stand and operate computers for long periods of time.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the state, with overnight stays.
  • Ability to inspect buildings and lands, which may require traversing rough terrain.



  • Successfully completed at least one eminent domain appraisal course, that includes coverage of partial acquisitions.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Complete understanding of Chapter 4 of the Right of Way Manual.
  • Complete understand of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
  • Complete understanding of before and after appraisal methodology.
  • Complete understanding of the criteria for determining personal property vs. real property.
  • Complete understanding of appropriate forms/report formats used for appraisals under WSDOT jurisdiction.
  • Complete understanding of different approaches to value.
  • Complete understanding of valuation of damages and special benefits
  • Complete understanding of what constitutes reasonable attempt invite the property owner to accompany the appraiser at the inspection.
  • Complete understanding of various property types.
  • Complete understanding of what property impacts are legally compensable or not.
  • Ability to ascertain what other specialized expertise is needed to appropriately complete the appraisal process.
  • Ability to analyze and determine "Larger Parcel" for appraisal purposes.
  • Ability to justify and allocate Just Compensation to the acquisition, damages, and special benefits.
  • Research and compile appraisal data as needed.

Discipline Package

Discipline packages are submitted electronically.
Once you pass the test, you will be assigned a ROW ID number.
NOTE: You cannot complete the below package information without a ROW ID number.

  • Resume
  • Copy of required license(s)
  • Copy of certificates of completion for required training(s)